I have had amazing experiences as I learned some valuable old-school design techniques. I have been fortunate to study the newest and best ways to combine those with the ever-changing design landscape
My love of art and technology began when I wrote my first drawing program. I was 14 and I managed to teach myself enough Basic to turn the numerical side keypad of a TRS-80 computer into a functional, albeit very basic, black and white drawing program, with erase, save and print functions.
By that time, I was a normal frustrated kid with a need for an outlet that I couldn’t define. I could not understand why this piece of technology; this tool, could not draw. Why didn’t it draw? So, I made a way for it to happen.
I was already an art and science kid. My life was littered with drawings and books. This made sense. I could do this. I could make a computer draw.
And I did
Only to discover… I needed drawing classes. Seriously.
After years of wonderful experiences and failed experiments, a very good friend of mine talked me into applying to art school. Not just any school, but one of the best. I think he had a painful sense of humor, and a side-bet on my survival.
I attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a Student at Large, to see if it was right for me. I quickly learned how limited some of my skills were, and immediately applied to the American Academy of Art for a more technical understanding. After almost 2 years at the Academy, and a wonderful Internship at Ogilvy and Mather Direct, I returned to the Art Institute to finish my BFA.
Over the years, Gallery shows and Art Festivals, gave way to a greater need, to earn a stronger income. I returned to my computer-design background at a very interesting time. Design, computers, technology, all were merging. The “World Wide Web” was in its second evolution into a public functional platform, and I found a language called VRML. A year later, my partner and I were at the VRML 98 Conference in Monterey, with our own company and financing. But as happened, the tech crash came, and many fell to the economic struggle.
While this may seem a negative, it actually changed the path of my career. I took over as Lead Creative for a Telco company, moved on to convert a press-house to ISO spec, and then across the country to work for Credit and Finance. Years later, I moved again and took roles as Sr. AD, Lead Creative, Creative Director, and on to work a bit for myself, as I pursued a Masters in Art, Technology, and Emergent Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas.
I have been involved in the world of Art and Design for over 30 years. I have had amazing experiences as I learned some valuable old-school design techniques. I have been fortunate to study the newest and best ways to combine those with the ever-changing design landscape. I enjoy what I do and constantly look forward to the challenges associated with Design issues.
And, as for my friend who convinced me to apply? Well, I survived, and we worked for years as friends and partners.